The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 12, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-12 | Stop in and explore YMCA


— Check shelters first when getting a pet

Singer Sarah McLachlin begins to croon. Images of poor, helpless creatures come across the screen, and people everywhere rush to change the channel.

These living, breathing creatures have been mistreated, neglected and discarded – and even animal lovers turn a blind eye. They just can’t bring themselves to acknowledge it.

Not being able to process the cruelty is understandable. I don’t expect this letter to change any of it. I only wish to be an additional voice in support of these animals.

I implore anyone reading this to do the right thing. Take the time to ensure that you are capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of animal adoption before bringing a pet home. Once you’ve done so, please don’t take it back. Exhaust all options be-fore returning it to an already-full shelter.

For those looking for a pet, I beg you to skip the shops and visit a shelter first. Adopt your next pet. There are so many amazing animals just waiting to become part of a loving family.

If you are partial to a certain breed, I assure you, eventually you will find the perfect match at a shelter.

 Laura Cook


Electric vehicles best for commuting

I saw a report on television about plug-in electric cars. It noted that there are not many charging stations in this area.

The report completely missed the best reason to have a plug-in vehicle.

They are best for commuting to and from work. They can be charged at home overnight and driven to work and back the next day.

If you live 15-20 miles from work and own a plug-in vehicle, you will not have to buy gas for your commute. I know, I own one.

I drove mine to Nashville, Tenn., and got well over 35 mpg running on gas.

Sherman Weible


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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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